London restaurants trial M-iClean machines

Meiko is satisfied with the feedback it has so far received on its new M-iClean warewashers after trialling the equipment in three leading London restaurants.

The company said the initial response to the series, which was showcased at Hotelympia last month, proves it is an effective option for distributors that need a warewashing solution for tight spaces.

Meiko says the steam-saving ability of the unit has gone down particularly well with customers and washes better than its popular FV40.2GiO line.

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One of the trialists is L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which is famed for offering five or eight courses with matching French wines.

This can create up to 80 glasses for washing from a table of 10, so it’s not unknown for the restaurant to be washing up to 600 glasses per night.

General Manager, Achille Checuz, said the M-iClean is definitely a step up in terms of quality and had produced better cleaning results than the existing Meiko machine it was using.

“The new drying technology means the glassware is perfect and ready for use,” he said. “Our glasses have a lip which catches a little moisture, which we have to wipe by hand, but there is no need any longer to wipe the inside of the glass. This is a much better machine so far.

“The staff are shocked at first when they open the door and see the light inside; but that allows you to see more clearly.”

The other restaurants trialling the technology are The Don and The Bleeding Heart. Alain Morice, manager of The Don, is impressed with the wash quality but also the M-iClean’s self-cleaning ability.

“It is doing a very good job on the glassware, better than the previous machine,” he said. “I also like the energy saving heat recovery function but sometimes we are just too busy to wait for 150 seconds for it to complete its cycle.”

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